There's a new bench boss in the Big Apple.
As reported by The Post's Larry Brooks, the New York Rangers are reportedly set to name Gerard Gallant the 36th head coach in franchise history, replacing David Quinn who was removed from the post on May 12th.
According to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, Gallant will sign a four-year contract.
Gallant, whom many considered to be the top coaching candidate on the market, re-enters the league's coaching ranks after a roughly 18-month hiatus. The 57-year-old brings top-tier pedigree to an up-and-coming Rangers' team brimming with young talent, having won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach in 2018 after taking the expansion Vegas Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season.
Gallant also recently guided Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2021 World Championships last month, bouncing back from an 0-3 start in dramatic fashion to earn the tournament's top prize. The native of Summerside, Prince Edward Island always seems to get the best out of the players he's given, evidenced by the 270-216-4-51 record he's earned during his time with the Blue Jackets, Panthers, and Golden Knights.
Now set to join an organization boasting the likes of Artemiy Panarin, Adam Fox, Alex Lafreniere, and a bevy of other highly skilled players, this may be the deepest pool of talent Gallant has ever had the chance to lead. And if he managed to take an expansion team all the way to the Cup Final while still in its infancy, who knows what he can do with a roster littered with potential stars.